Karl Rahner said that Christians of the future will be mystics. But what is a mystic? What do mystics do, and how is their faith and spirituality unique? This course will draw from with wisdom of some of the great mystics like Teresa of Ávila, Julian of Norwich, and Thomas Merton to explore how their profound encounter with the presence of God can bring joy and meaning to our lives today.
This course is one unit in a series of courses called Interfaith Spiritual Practice – Hinduism, Sufism, Christianity. Click here to learn about the entire series.
Our time together will include an exploration of what mysticism is, why it matters, how it has made a difference in people’s lives, and what implications it has for our time. Because mysticism is a dimension of spirituality, and its heart is meditation and contemplation, this program will be more “retreat” than “classroom” — each session will include a practical exercise for meditation or contemplation based on the teachings of the mystics. We will consider such topics as the hiddenness of God, the role of joy and ecstasy in spirituality, the importance of silence, and the essential link between contemplation and action, or mysticism and justice. While our focus is on Christian mysticism, we’ll also touch on how mysticism is a universal reality and consider how Christian mysticism is similar to (and different from) other mystical paths from around the world.
Dates: April 19, 26, May 3, 10
Time: 7-8:30 PM
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